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Shedder’s Classic Cars and Craft Fundraiser

The Mens Shed project at Hardie Park in Stanford le hope are hosting a Classic Car and Craft event to raise funds for their growing venture. The event will take place on Sunday 15th April between 10am and 4pm and consists of a classic car display, craft stalls, food, drink and family entertainment.

Head Shed Supervisor Alan Marks, who arranged the event said, ‘We are a group of like minded men who enjoy woodwork and creating things. The shed building is well underway but we could really do with a financial boost hence organising this family day. We will be demonstrating skills and chatting to anyone who wants to know more about the shed project. We would also like to hear from any car enthusiast who would like to show their classic car at the event, it’s free, you just need to book in advance.’

Fellow Supervisor and Membership Secretary Chris Reid said, ‘By showcasing the shed to local residents we hope to inspire new recruits who may be interested in joining us in the future. We meet on Friday mornings at 9.30am and welcome new members who would like to learn or bring new skills to share.’

To book a free pitch for your classic car you can contact Alan Marks on 07731 953050 or Vic Hillier on 07748 967331.  General entrance to the public is also free.

Click HERE to view the event listing on our What’s on page.

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

In memory of Grandad

Local gentleman Graham McGregor, a regular visitor to Hardie Park with his grandchildren, sadly passed away last month.

Grandsons from Suffolk, Austin 13 and Aidan 11 came to say goodbye to their Grandad and also visited the park to hand over £350 collected in his memory at the funeral. They have requested half of the donation go to the Hardie Park Gardeners and half to the park fund.

Nikki Pegrum, Cafe Supervisor said, ‘We are really touched that Graham and his grandchildren thought so much of the park and are pleased that it has helped create wonderful memories for the family. The donation is gratefully received.’

Flowers picked from the Hardie Park garden were sent with love from all the volunteers and supporters of the park.

Graham will be sadly missed.

Graham’s granddaughter Kassi also raised and donated £140 with her recent cake sales for the park. (see article below).

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Kassi’s cake sale for the slide

Kassi May, aged 10 from East Tilbury Primary School has kindly donated £140 to the slide fund by holding three separate cake sales in memory of her late grandad who loved to spend time with her at Hardie Park. One sale was held at her singing class, Starmakers, the second at her dad’s workplace, Construction Sealant and the third at her uncles work, Tarmac Bagging Plant in Linford. She came to the Easter Egg Hunt to hand over the cheque to Rob Groves and the Easter Bunny. What a star and obviously a budding baker to generate so much money. Thank you Kassi, it’s a very kind and thoughtful thing to do. We are very grateful for your contribution to the slide fund.

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Cracking turn-out for Easter event

EASTER SATURDAY marked the return of our ever-popular Easter Egg Hunt and luckily the forecast rain didn’t stop play! The hunt was £2.50 per entry with all proceeds raised on the day going back into making Hardie Park the best in SS17. Every entrant received an egg on completion from our resident Easter bunny. The park was bustling!

We’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone for attending our event including local businesses and stallholders. There was a great turn-out of mums, dads, grandparents and children; your feedback has been fantastic. Here’s just one of the comments left on our facebook page…

 ‘Thank you to all the volunteers today and every day. Very grateful for your time and for helping to create lifelong memories for my children and us as a family. Hats off to you all!’.

It looks like a good day was had by all. Mission accomplished.

The Easter Raffle 1st prize was donated by JMN Alarms (kit and installation worth £750). These generous gifts from local businesses are really appreciated and support of our fundraising efforts enormously. Thank you, thank you.

The day was organised and run by volunteers undertaking a wide range of roles, cafe staff, ticket selling, litter picking, stall organising, Egg delivery, table cleaning, washing up, book stall, gate welcoming, parking attendants, finance and social media communication.  If you would like to join us for future events please do let us know! We are ALWAYS looking for new volunteers. You can express interest here.

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Locality feature Hardie Park as one of 6 to visit

 

How exciting, we’ve been featured in Locality’s blog as a place to visit this Spring.

The Locality network is for organisations that believe in the power of local communities to build a fairer society, and bring local people together to meet local needs. They have over 550 members across the country all supporting local people in a local area.

Here’s what they say about Hardie Park in their blog

Bulbs are peeping out all over Hardie Park in Stanford-le-Hope in Essex – a family park and open space managed by local residents for the benefit of the whole community. Where there was once an unloved park with out of date and broken equipment, frequent arson attacks and broken gates, there’s now a great café, toilets, children’s play area, Men’s Shed, pétanque rink, skate park, garden, BMX track and trim trail, all thanks to the persistence and dedication of local people who quite literally unlocked the power of their community! They also host an array of events – their annual Easter egg hunt (this year on 31 March) attracts over 3,000 people! But if chocolate’s not your thing how about their Sausage and Cider event on 8 April or Classic Car and Crafts day a week later – something for everyone!

For access to further information regarding projects, members and Locality’s work here’s the link to their website. 

Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive.

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Let’s make our dream a reality

We’ve got a dream and we need help to realise it. Has anyone in the community got any great fundraising ideas to help purchase a slide similar to this one in St James Park in London?

We’ve cleared the area and had plans drawn up but the final figure is a long way off. If this is something you could help us fundraise for, or you would like to share an innovative way of raising the cash please contact us. Rob Groves or Shane Ralph would love to speak with you.

Read about the Rob vs Shane recent fundraising challenge in the local and national press. It’s amazing how much support you can generate when cash raising ideas are innovative and fun!

The Sun

Thurrock Gazette

Thurrock Independent

Your Thurrock

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

It’s so easy to support Hardie Park Projects

Did you know you can support Hardie Park Projects without it costing you a penny more on your shopping?

OPTION 1

Pick up a membership form or sign up online at www.coop.co.uk/membership
1% of your selected own brand Co-op purchases comes to us and 5% back to you. Just CHOOSE FRIENDS OF HARDIE PARK as your local cause. In the first quarter the Co-op have already donated £568 to Hardie Park!

OPTION 2

Sign up online at smile.amazon.co.uk CHOOSE FRIENDS OF HARDIE PARK as your beneficiary and 0.5% of your purchase value will come to us!

It’s so easy and we would be so grateful of your support!

 

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

We’re a Sustrans cycle friendly cafe

If you’ve never heard of Sustrans here’s what it’s all about….and guess what, we’ve just been added to their list of favourite cafes!

The National Cycle Network is a network of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes. Its 14,000 miles criss-cross the country, linking up villages, towns and cities.

Connecting people and places The Network is used by almost five million people a year and runs into town centres, past schools and through stunning countryside from Cornwall to the Shetland Isles.

Despite its name, the Network is popular with walkers, joggers, wheelchair users and horse riders as well as people on bikes.

Over half of the UK population lives within a mile of their nearest route, giving them the choice to walk and ride to work, school, the shops, or just for pleasure.

Thank you Sustrans Thurrock. Looking forward to offering a warm welcome and continued hospitality to the many cyclists who pass through Hardie Park.

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

The Crazy Travel Fundraising Challenge!

On Friday 9th March, Shane Ralph challenged Rob Groves to see who could get as far away from Hardie Park in 18 hours with just £20 funds in his pocket.

The challenge was set for the following Friday, 16th March 2018. So at 6:00am Shane and Rob will be leaving Hardie Park and using only their initiative and cunning will aim to travel the furthest distance as the crow flies from the park by 11:59pm.

To see the challenge, watch the video.

We are trying to raise up to £25,000 for a brand new slide in the park and to be able to continue our “Footpaths” Personal Development Programme – if you would like to sponsor our efforts (it’s OK you don’t have to gamble with £1 per mile!) we would be very very grateful indeed. We use CAF Online to take our donations, if you tick the Gift Aid box we get up to 25% more than your donation.

Thank you to those who have already donated, our totalometer is below and we have set the target to £35,000

March Community Newsletter

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In the meantime here’s a link to our March Edition of Hardie Park Newsletter

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Enjoy the read!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374  Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark